cancer epidemiology ∙ environmental epidemiology ∙ health disparities ∙ liver cancer ∙ liver disease ∙ geospatial science ∙ mapping and visualization ∙ geographic information systems (GIS) ∙ remote sensing ∙ exposure modeling ∙ electronic health records (EHRs)
Dr. VoPham is an epidemiologist based at Fred Hutch in Seattle, WA. Her research focuses on expanding the practice of geospatial science – the science of location – in epidemiology. In particular, her work uses methods in geospatial science to investigate environmental risk factors for cancer.
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease. One approach to better understanding human health is to examine the potential role of place (or location). The places where we live, work, and spend our time are associated with different exposures, particularly environmental exposures (e.g., chemical agents), that may influence the risk of developing disease.
Geospatial science is a powerful way to identify and make sense of patterns of exposures and diseases in space. Methods in geospatial science (such as geographic information systems or GIS) enable the use, visualization, modeling, and analysis of location-based information to conduct epidemiologic studies investigating how the environment may impact health.
She was born in Seattle, WA, but spent much of her early life in Virginia Beach, VA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Education & Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, 2018
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
PhD in Epidemiology, 2014
University of Pittsburgh
Mentor: Dr. Joel L. Weissfeld
MS in Geographic Information Science and Technology, 2014
University of Southern California
MPH in Epidemiology, 2010
University of Pittsburgh
BA in Sociology and Environmental Sciences, 2009
University of Virginia
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology Program, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Instructor in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Associate Epidemiologist, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO)
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
Review Editor, Editorial Board, Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Prevention Section, Frontiers in Epidemiology
Editorial Board Member, Epidemiology Section, British Journal of Cancer
Associate Editor, Preventing Chronic Disease
Selected Honors and Awards
2021: Emerging Scholar in Health and Medical Geography Award, American Association of Geographers
2016-present: Clinical Research, Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award and Renewals, NIH/NIEHS
2014: Academic Excellence Award, UNIGIS International Association
2014: Director's Award for Population Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute